In 2020, around this time, I got to know the lovely Helen Wilkinson in a Facebookgroup called Sunflower Cottage Crochet. I was following the group for a while, when I first heard about the Preemie Crochet Challenge.
It was a group of crochet designers, dedicating their time, creativity and skills to develop patterns for preemies, from blankets, hats to bonding squares. I felt honoured to be given the opportunity to write my first preemie pattern and gave away over 350 copies during my featured time in the pattern roundup.
Last year, I started writing a bonding square pattern, until I discovered another designer had a similar idea. I guess great minds think alike, and we decided to both come up with another design to present to the world.
Luckily, I made a freehand preemie hat during my vacation week and I was able to reconstruct the pattern and write it down. This became the precious Preemie Beanie Marleen, that was my entry to the Preemie Crochet Challenge 2021, hosted by Sunflower Cottage Crochet.
This is the 3d time Helen asked me to join her and the other fabulous designers. Unfortunately I had no time to write a new pattern, because, well, life happened ( in good ways though, but it did not allow me to write a pattern).
Therefore I will do something else this year. You will be able to download the Preemie Beanies set for free during the whole Preemie Crochet Challenge 2022, until 30 June 2022. To download for free, just scroll down to find the link to the roundup post with a coupon code to get the Pattern for free.
My second gift to you, is 50% off all preemie crochet patterns, from Monday 20 June until Wednesday 22 June, to accommodate all timezomes. You will not need a coupon code, it will be applied automatically to receive 50% off the Preemie Beanie, Preemie hat Marleen, and Preemie Bonding Squares.
The aim of this challenge is, to raise awareness for preemies and the possibility to create and donate preemie items to local hospitals, charities or friends/family that might need it. Every download is a pledge to donate at least one item made from the pattern. Last year I received 954 pledges in the form of downloads between 1-8 August. Thank you all so much! You cannalso help by buying the bundle of patterns. The proceeds will be donated to two different charitys, see Helens information on her roundup post.
You can get the bundle here:
My Preemie Beanie Marleen hat pattern was available for free between 1-8 August on Ravelry, with the code that was shared in the Preemie Beanie Crochet Challenge site. It is now available in my Etsy shop, too, for those who do not want to use Ravelry.
Please visit the Sunflower Cottage Crochet blog with all the round-up info here:
You can find todays pattern here too.